Study Abroad in China

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We strongly encourage students to study abroad. The University of Iowa offers the Iowa in Tianjin study abroad program during fall and spring semesters and summer session. Other approved programs are offered to UI students through the Council on International Educational Exchange.

About Tianjin

With a population of 10.5 million, Tianjin is the biggest port city in North China. It boasts historical and cultural brilliance and is a place where different cultures meet. When Marco Polo visited Tianjin, he marveled at the thriving port and it a "beautiful heaven city." Tianjin held a very important position in the modern history of China. Many political events happened there, and the city was home to quite a number of big names (for instance, Sun Yat-sen, the father of modern China). For 100 years, Tianjin was one of the most important cities in the countryˇs political, economic, and cultural history.

Tianjin is about 130 km from the capital city, Beijing. With its excellent geographical location, efficient transportation system, modern conveniences, and cultural interest, Tianjin is the optimal learning environment for standard Mandarin Chinese "Putonghua," and ideal for language immersion.

Want to know more about Tianjin? Click below to visit other websites about this beautiful coastal city.
Tianjin City's website
Tianjin travel guide
Tianjin City-a DVD clip

About the Program

Iowa in Tianjin is a high quality, affordable program specially designed by the School of Languages and Culture at the Tianjin University of Technology (TUT) for students who have successfully completed 1–3 years of Chinese language study at The University of Iowa. This program provides students with a comprehensive and balanced curriculum, combining classroom instruction with field trips, language partnerships, and extracurricular activities.

Students at the beginning or intermediate proficiency levels acquire language skills required for effective communication within a short period of time, and advanced students gain language proficiency at the professional level. The program offers four-credit Chinese language courses for students who have completed first-, second-, or third-year Chinese classes at The University of Iowa or equivalent. In addition, students take a three-credit cultural course and a one-credit cultural practice course. The program fee for the summer session will be $4000 to $5000 for the Iowa resident students and $5000 to $6000 for the non-Iowa resident students on average.
Watch a short video about the program and view a photo gallery 
our experience in Tianjin 
View complete curriculum and course information 
Download the program flyer (PDF) 
Download the program brochure (PDF) 
Being a weekend guest of Chinese families (PDF) 
Apply online


Scholarships are available for study in Tianjin and other programs sponsored by The University of Iowa. For more information on scholarships and funds available to help cover the costs of travel, contact Study Abroad (335-0353), 1111 University Capitol Centre.

For more information on the program and to learn about application procedures, visit the Study Abroad website or contact Study Abroad (335-0353), 1111 University Capitol Centre.